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Salivary Gland Cancer

Salivary gland cancer is a rare disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the salivary glands.

There are hundreds of minor (small) salivary glands lining parts of the mouth, nose, and larynx that can be seen only with a microscope. Most small salivary gland tumors begin in the roof of the mouth (palate).

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There is hope, innovation and support available for those with salivary gland cancer here at the U-M Rogel Cancer Center. Contact us at 734-647-8902

Patient Care and Treatment
The Head and Neck Oncology Program follows a team approach to care. Our patients with salivary glands have their situation discussed not only by our head and neck oncologists, but also by team surgeons and pathologists. By having everyone involved, a personalized treatment plan is developed. In most cases, this discussion happens the same day as the appointment.

Research and innovation: We have a number of clinical trials open for eligible patients.

Undergoing treatment for cancer -- particularly head and neck cancer -- is a difficult and sometimes painful process. To help, we've put together a page filled with Resources and Support for Patients. There are links to articles about treatment, survivor stories and information about support groups. Since our program is part of the U-M Rogel Cancer Center, our patients have access to a range of Patient Support Services. To fully understand what this means, please take time to visit the support services area of this website. We outline the services available to all of our patients at every point in their care.


Patients, please call 734-647-8902. Healthcare professionals, please contact our M-LINE service: 800-962-3555.

For more information, visit our Head and Neck Cancer Clinic webpage.

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